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Stanford is Seeking a Better Week 1 Effort This Year

The Stanford Cardinal and Kansas State Wildcats will be looking to kick off their respective seasons on a high note when they clash at Stanford Stadium on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • Stanford is 12-1 SU and 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Kansas State's last five games with a closing total of 50.0 or more.
  • The total has gone OVER in Stanford's last four games after a win.

The Wildcats have been extremely solid in Week 1, winning seven of their last eight season-opening games. The ‘Cats, who opened as 15.5-point underdogs, are 6-0 ATS in their last six as dogs of 15.5 or more.

Stanford is out to prove it’s back to form after losing a ton of talent off last year’s team that nearly made the College Football Playoff. Ryan Burns has been named the starting quarterback in the wake of Kevin Hogan’s departure, and he’s got some big shoes to fill. There are holes throughout the roster minus superstar running back Christian McCaffrey, who is arguably the best back in college football.

These Wildcats need to have a bounce-back year after going 6-7 in 2015. That’s the worst K-State has performed since 2008. Jesse Ertz will once again open the campaign under center for the Wildcats, as he outplayed Joe Hubener and Alex Delton in head coach Bill Snyder’s eyes.

The Cardinal were sleepy in last year’s Week 1 clunker against Northwestern, but I don’t think that’s going to happen again. Expect a great effort from both sides in the Golden State.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Stanford Cardinal pegged as -16.5-point favorites in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 43-13 result in favor of the Cardinal. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Kansas State Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas State Wildcats will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Friday, as they are 0-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Stanford Cardinal are 0-0 ATS. Kansas State is 0-0 against the over under total, while Stanford is 0-0 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Stanford vs Kansas State injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Stanford Cardinal at No. 11 and the Kansas State Wildcats at No. 108 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Stanford Cardinal No. -ranked offense ( PPG) against a Kansas State Wildcats defense that ranks No. at PPG. The Stanford Cardinal passing attack has averaged yards per game, more than the Kansas State Wildcats give up through the air ( YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Kansas State Wildcats own the league's No. 50-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 164.67 yards per game when on the road. Stanford, on the other hand, rates No. 27 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas State was hammered in its last outing, as Arkansas ran up a 45-23 score against them at Liberty Bowl.

In their last game, Stanford got a 172-yard performance from Christian McCaffrey as a key part of its 45-16 win over Iowa.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games
  • Kansas State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games on the road
  • Stanford is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Stanford is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games
  • Stanford is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas State home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, September 17th
Stanford home to USC, Saturday, September 17th